cklepinger and Jamie,
I just wanted to let you guys know that we are going to be sailing Canyon Lake on November 6-7. It is the Wurstfest regatta. They are planning on doing some bouy racing both days. If you guys can come down, or up, we would love to see you there.
I noticed in another post someone was asking about the winds at Nasworthy. Jamie could probably give you some better input, but I lived there for 20 someodd years and the winds are great. That is if the weather itself is great. The biggest drawback is the #@&*! bridge and the depth of the lake itself. I sail an 18 and if I were to turtle I would probably stick on the bottom. If you are sailing a 16, 14, Getaway, or something small I don't think you will have a problem. For the kind of drive you are talking about though, I would make sure I check the weather first.
As for sailing Canyon, it can be fun. The lake is well larger than Nasworthy and lots deeper. The winds are subject to help. If they are good, then everything is good. If they are light, then they are extremely shifty and unpredictable. Heavy winds, hold on and have a blast.
Also, I have two Hobie 18s that I am planning on taking to Canyon on the 6-7. One of the 18s has a skipper and crew, but the other 18 is available if someone would like to try it out. There are a bunch of people down here wanting to crew, but no one wants to skipper. Feel free, if you would like to skipper an 18 just bring a trap harness or two and come on down. Use her for the weekend. If you have someone that is your normal crew bring them to. Most of the people that are here wanting to crew have little exposure to sailing. They really just want to fly hull and hang on the trap.
If you want to actually race here is where you can find the Notice of Race form. www.lcyc.net
Just click on the Wurstfest pic. However, if you don't want to race, just come on down and check it out. Some of the best 16 sailors will be there along with many of the best sailors in Texas.
Keep the pointy end up...